Flying Lotus has scored animated Blade Runner short

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Blade Runner 2049 director Denis Villeneuve and the team behind the highly anticipated sequel have been coming up some unique ways to set up the story for the sequel. Shukou Murase (Halo Legends, Mobile Suit Gundam Wing) is serving as character designer and animation director, and Flying Lotus is composing the music. However, this will be the first short released as an anime, as the other two star actors who appear in Blade Runner 2049, Jared Leto and Dave Bautista. What he is referring to in the bottle is a futuristic design inspired by the Johnnie Walker Black Label iconic prop from the original Blade Runner film.

Regardless, whether Blade Runner 2049 is a hit or a hash, the director certainly won't be short of work in the future, having already been tapped for a franchise launching reimagining of Frank Herbert's Dune - arguably the king of 20th Century science fiction literature.

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In more Blade Runner news, Sony Pictures Japan has released a teaser clip of a new anime based on the film that will be directed by Cowboy Bebop director Shinichiro Watanabe. Who would you like to see featured or directing them? Sony Pictures Japan has uploaded a sneak peek of the short.

We certainly have some mixed feelings around here about the upcoming Blade Runner sequel, Blade Runner 2049. That's high praise. But, Ridley Scott's sci-fi classic left its imprint all over pop culture, so it's no surprise its reach extends to Japanese animation. While Blade Runner 2022 doesn't have a release date, Blade Runner 2049 - which features Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford reprising his role as Rick Deckard - is due October 6. Well now, Japanese Blade Runner fans have one more thing to add to the "pro" column for this film. The production of Blade Runner is believed to have cost at least $100 million.